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Tim Cook announces changes to Apple's Chinese warranty policy

Apple CEO Tim Cook has announced changes to Apple’s warranty policy in China, along with apologizing to Chinese customers for any confusion with the original policy. In a letter on Apple’s Chinese website, Cook announced that going forward, Apple would provide more warranty information and train staff members based in China better.

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Apple sued by Chinese animation studio over pirated materials in apps

Apple is being sued by a state-run animation studio in China over apps that contain unlicensed material from the studio. Shanghai Animation Film Studio is seeking total damages of 3.3 million yuan, or $530,000.

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Tim Cook reportedly uses Town Hall meeting to address Android, Wall Street, and more

CEO Tim Cook reportedly held an all-hands Town Hall meeting last week to address the state of the Apple with employees. Subjects covered were said to include employee perks, production from supply chain to sales, the retail stores, the competitive landscape with Google's Android, and opportunities in China. 9to5Mac's ace reported, Mark Gurman, has a full rundown. Here's a highlight from the competitive part:

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Cellular versions of iPad 4 and iPad mini launching in China this Friday

Apple has just announced that the Wi-Fi + cellular versions of the iPad mini and iPad 4 will be launching in China this Friday, January 18. According to Apple

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Apple's China Factor

Earlier this week, Asymco’s Horrace Dediu wrote a wonderful post about the huge differences between Microsoft and Apple in China. He makes a very strong case for how difficult of a position Microsoft is in. I encourage you to the Asymco post in detail to understand his arguments. Pretty compelling stuff.

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Tim Cook makes second trip to China in 10 months

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, is making is second trip to China in 10 months. While many details of his visit were not disclosed by Apple, it is known that he met with the head of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology to discuss, among other things, Apple’s business in China, which is growing rapidly. As Bloomberg reports, Apple has almost doubled the number of stores they have in China after Cook’s last visit to the country in March, where he said that Apple would make larger investments in the country:

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Counterfeit Lightning cables and adaptors on route from China seized in Anchorage

The U.S. Customs and Border protection (CBP) carried out a routine inspection in Anchorage earlier this week and uncovered a massive haul of counterfeit Apple accessories. The collection of accessories included mostly Apple’s new Lightning USB cables and adapters. The counterfeit products had been flown in from China and were due to distributed around the United States.

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China has insatiable appetite for iPad mini

Looks like the iPad mini is proving as popular in Hong Kong and China as it'd been in western markets. Yup, despite the lack of a Retina display, and complaints that it's not as "cheap" as a deeply subsidized Google or Amazon tablet, Apple can't keep them on the shelves.

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Apple is an iPhone stock and growth in China is just beginning

As much as it pains Apple shareholders to watch the stock drop to $500 from a high of over $700, we all need to learn to stomach the volatility and focus on the business performance.

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Apple sells over 2 million iPhone 5 handsets in China over launch weekend

Apple has announced that it has sold over two million iPhone 5 handsets in China after just three days since its official launch. The iPhone 5 went on sale in China on Friday December 14 and by end of play on Sunday, Apple had sold over 2 million devices. The roll out doesn't stop in China either; more countries will get the iPhone 5 soon making a total of 100 countries by the end of this year.

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